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Sometimes it feels like between soccer, baseball, basketball, and football, our family is constantly going in 100 different directions. I love watching my kids get out there and be active, but sometimes with the crazy schedules, my husband and I have to divide and conquer. Getting everyone to where the need to be means we have to plan and prepare to make sure it all goes smoothly. I’m going to share with you our 5 Ways to Make Your Sideline Life Easier.
5 Ways to Make Your Sideline Life Easier
1.) Keep it clean. The night before, make sure you have all uniforms and accessories clean and laid out. The last thing you want is to be running late because someone is missing a cleat, a sock, a hat, or all three.
2.) Pack a bag. Have a bag packed with essentials you’ll need to keep the cheerleaders on the sidelines happy. In our bag, we have crayons and coloring books in case our two youngest start to get bored. Diapers and wipes are another necessity. Even if you don’t have kids in diapers, wipes are always handy to have. Another thing we keep in ours is a first aid kit. Having band aids, ice packs and gauze on hand makes things easier when you have a little one with a bump, cut, or scrape. We also make sure we have the kids’ water bottles, cuppies, and fruit to keep their tummies happy. Make sure you don’t neglect yourself! I always include snacks and drinks for myself and a couple extra for any fellow parents who might need a pick me up. Having POWERADE® and NABISCO Multi Packs in our bag makes sure even I get to have some delicious variety while I’m running from one game to the next.
3.) Take a walk. My two little ones (3 years and 22 months) can’t be expected to sit and watch a baseball game and soccer game back to back. Keep them engaged as much as you can by helping them cheer on their siblings, but also get up and take a short walk with them to help them get some wiggles out before going back for round two.
4.) Be prepared. This isn’t just for boy scouts! We’ve started a game with clear blue skies, only to have the clouds roll in and 30 mins later we are hunkered down under a baby blanket in the pouring rain. We now keep a light jacket for each child and adult along with an umbrella in our car. Make sure even on overcast days, you get that sunscreen on! Nothing makes sideline life worse than a sunburn.
5.) Stay positive. One of the hardest things for me, is seeing coaches, parents, grandparents, etc taking the fun out of kids’ sports by not only putting a ton of pressure on them, but also yelling negative things at them from the sidelines. Keep your cheering positive and uplifting. These kids are still learning the game. Be a sideline hero by being a good example and encouraging kids to have fun!
If you’re looking to stock up your bag to keep you powered and the best cheerleader in the stands, you’re in luck! At WalMart you can grab the 8 pack of 20 oz POWERADE® in a variety of flavors while they are on rollback! Make sure you keep your eye out for the hanging coupon on the POWERADE® to save you $1.50 on a NABISCO 20 pack multipack.
Make sure you hit up the cracker and cookie aisle too, so you can grab your NABISCO Multipacks! Right now you can score a coupon for $.75 off a multipack of 12 or larger on the box. You’re going to be saving money right and left!
Now that I’ve shared my tips and tricks, comment below and share yours. How do you make your sideline life easier? You can also find some more great ideas on how you can be a sideline hero here.